Post by 45smokepole on Dec 7, 2011 12:13:31 GMT -5
Several situations cause doe to develop pedicles and grow antlers. The causes include hermaphroditism, increased levels of testosterone, adrenal cortex tumors, and possible sharing of reproductive hormones in the womb between male and female twins.
They should dub ger "Medusa"!! I have seen 1 doe in my life with antlers, in person. Just like this one, due to the hormone embalance the antlers were all over the place.
Hunters: only need one buck, and will wait for the right one.
Opportunist that will not wait for the "one", need two, just in case they see a bigger one.
A true “freak of nature” was taken west of West Salem during the second shotgun season over the weekend. Richard Lomas, a farmhand for George Knackmuhs, shot this 30-point doe on the late Richard Knackmuhs Farm. The deer, which features a non-typical rack, a drop antler still in velvet and no evidence of male genitalia, also does not appear to have ever given birth. Locals estimate the deer to be about 4-5 years old. Edwards County Times Advocate photo
My former son in law shot a spike doe in Maryland back in the 90s. I know that a game biologist parts of it to study. It seems that you hear about 1 or 2 every year. But I ain't never seen one like pictured above!